This week’s blog post about our friends in Sweden has to be about the other Stig. Never mind about Ben Collins, that’s yesterday’s news. Our Stig, with a rally driver’s surname of Ecklund, is the multi-skilled guy that’s you’re sure to meet at some point when you visit us.
Stig Ecklund, or Sigge, is the main snow mobile safari operator that our guests choose for guided tours and snow mobile adventures through the wilderness. He’s also the guy who every year creates the tracks and layouts for us. Our lake is situated just a few kilometres from the village where he grew up, so he knows the area intimately.
His adventure company, Wild Adventures, was started more than ten years ago and every year takes guests from across Europe and beyond on snow mobile safaris through the Swedish wilderness. Sigge has been riding snow mobiles since the age of ten, back when the rules were, “If you can start it, you can ride it….” There were no electric start machines back then, so that was more of a challenge that it sounds.
Sigge’s modern machines all have electric start and heated handgrips, plus he supplies you with superb protective clothing. If do don’t wish to ride, but would still like the experience, the machines all have two seats so you could ride pillion with someone and take in the view.
Sigge’s work on our driving lake is never ending, with constant maintenance ongoing throughout the season, employing some of the tricks and techniques we’re all learned over the years to keep the surface perfect for Ice Driving.
If you visit Ice Driver this season, you’ll almost certainly meet Sigge and some of the other guys from the village of Bracke, all a vital part of making Ice Driver work for us every year.